Digby Fine English, Brut Reserve, 2010

Country : England

Grape Varieties : Pinot Noir; Pinot Meunier; Chardonnay.

A super-fine, elegant and bone dry fizz which combines sheer class and sophistication with liveliness and vibrancy. Fantastic for the price, and streets ahead of most similarly-priced Champagnes. Be the first of your friends to try this.

Tasting Note : Fresh citrus notes on the nose; on the palate the wine has a fine mousse, citrus and apple fruit, overlaid by hints of warm brioche. The whole is underpinned by a fine seam of acidity, with a long, elegant, mineral finish.

Food Pairing : The perfect aperitif, a great wine for special celebrations, but also enjoy with shellfish and smoked fish starters.

More info ; English sparkling wine is one of the most rapidly up-and-coming sectors in the wine world, and for good reason. Warmer summers, the same chalky subsoil as Champagne, increasing viticultural expertise and maturity of vines are all contributing factors to the phenomenal rise of English fizz. These wines are now regularly beating Champagnes in blind tastings. This 2010 vintage from Digby is an absolute stonker, offering bags of class, flavour and finesse. If you are looking for a great bottle of bubbly you really couldn't do better than this.

Winery : Established by co-founders Trevor Clough and Jason Humphries, Digby was named after quintessentially English Sir Kenelm Digby, 17th Century philosopher, patron of the arts and pirate (!), who invented the modern wine bottle in the 1630s. Trevor and Jason decided to go down the more unusual path – for English sparkling wine – of following the negociant model rather than sourcing their wines from one vineyard site, allowing them to place the art of blending right at the heart of their winemaking process. Working with vineyards in Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, Trevor is head blender and uses the diversity of the vineyard sites to ensure continuity of quality and style in his wines.

Using the Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, Digby is striking its own unique house style and is building up a following both in the UK and abroad. It is currently the fastest-selling English sparkling wine in the US, and you are likely to spot it on some of the most prestigious restaurant wine lists in the UK.